Council Considers Victoria Soto Proposal Tonight

Should the Town of Stratford rename Honeyspot School in honor of the 27-year-old who died protecting her students at Sandy Hook Elementary School?

While a petition to rename a street after Victoria Soto gains momentum, tonight the Stratford Town Council will consider a proposal to name a public school in honor of the 27-year-old who died trying to protect her first grade students.

The proposal, brought forth by Mayor John Harkins, seeks to rename Honeyspot Elementary School after Soto. A Stratford native, she was one of six educators who were killed along with 20 students at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.

Some Stratford Patch readers have already lent their support to the idea to rename Honeyspot after Soto. In an article published last week, here's what a few had to say:

"I think this is a great idea. Victoria Soto deserves to be recognized as a hero." — Carol

"Victoria Soto certainly has a connection to Honeyspot School and it would be a wonderful tribute to her to name the new school after her...not because of how she died, but how she lived." — Theresa

"This is simply a wonderful idea." — Kimberly Meuse

The Town Council meeting starts at 8 p.m. tonight, Jan. 14, in the Council Chambers at Town Hall.

Meanwhile, a petition on change.org to rename North Parade street Victoria Soto Way has accrued more than 15,000 signatures. North Parade runs in front of Stratford High, where Soto graduated from.

kathy January 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM
I think she is truly a hero for what she did. She does deserve it. Thanks john for bringing it to the council for consideration.
Cathy Cullen January 14, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Absolutely!!! She deserves every bit of a tribute we could offer!! We should also re-name N.Parade St. after her. She is truly a hero!! May God Bless!! Cathy-Stratford
Carrie Banana January 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM
My daughter is in 1st grade and I can't think of a better role model or namesake than a Victoria Soto, a real Stratford hero who loved her students and loved education. She lived in Stratford her whole life and desrves this honor in her hometown.
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